Eric Mercury

Biography

Eric Mercury is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician. He was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario into a family of musicians. He performed with groups including The Pharaohs and Eric Mercury and the Soul Searchers in the 1960s, and moved to New York in 1968 to perform by himself. His debut solo album was recorded in 1969. The title of this album was Electric Black Man and then followed by Funky Sounds Nurtured in the Fertile Soil of Memphis That Smells of Rock (1972), Love Is Taking Over (1973), Eric Mercury (1975) and Gimme A Call Sometime (1981).

Later he began writing material for other artists such as Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway for whom he also produced. He took part in the stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He also had a role in the film The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh as Rudy / League Commissioner and as Tyrone Blackwood in American Hot Wax.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1971 until Christmas 1978. Then back to N.Y. after spending a year in Toronto in 1986 worked in a management and production role for the band Age of Reason. The band failed to attract any interest from a major record label recording and went to Chicago until 1997 and returned to Toronto in the same year.

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